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Learn Macrame with The Forest Fern

macrame plant hangers

Sara Banner is the owner and creator of The Forest Fern. She makes beautiful macrame plant hangers, wall hangings, and home goods, and on Saturday, April 29 she’ll be here to show you how to do it!

Sara’s beginner-level workshops are open to everyone – no experience required. The class fees include all materials, so there’s nothing to bring, and your finished piece to take home!

Space is limited so grab your spot today!

Macrame Plant Hanger Class with The Forest Fern

$95 – Saturday, April 29 from 11am-1:30pm
Register online.

Come create your own macrame plant hanger!

Learn to combine basic macrame knots in different patterns to create you own beautiful modern plant hanger complete with a small potted plant. We will also learn a bit about houseplants including how to create your own potting mix to help keep your plants happy and healthy!

Your class fee includes all of the materials needed including macrame cord, brass hanging ring, small pot and potted plant.

Macrame Wall Hanging Class with The Forest Fern

$95 – Saturday, April 29th from 2:30-5pm
Register online.

macrame wall hanging

Learn to make your own macrame wall hanging!

The art of modern macrame wall hangings is more than learning how to tie knots. During the class we will each create a large layered macrame wall hanging similar to the one pictured here. We will explore how to combine and arrange knots to create texture, pattern and layers while keeping the overall vision modern and simple.

Your class fee covers all materials needed for this class.

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Mountain Laurel Yarn Company Trunk Show

Mountain Laurel Yarn

Join us on Saturday, January 28 from 12-4pm when Mountain Laurel Yarn Company will be here with their beautiful breed-specific yarn and a trunk show of samples. Mountain Laurel is a local, women-owned small business – we’re very excited to welcome them to Loop!

Mountain Laurel’s yarns are made with locally-sourced fiber and milled here in Pennsylvania. Some of the yarns they’ll be bringing include: CVM/Silk blend, BFL, Shetland, Romney Corriedale, and Merino. They also have a beautiful luxury blend yarn of Merino, Cotton, Linen and Silk!

Here are some projects they’ll be bringing for us to see!

Mountain Laurel Yarn Cardigan

Hope you can join us!

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Spinning with Jillian Moreno

Join us January 20, 21 & 22, 2017 for a weekend of spinning with Jillian Moreno! We’ll kick off the weekend with a book signing and spinning circle on Friday evening. Then join us Saturday for a full day class based on Jillian’s new book, Yarnitecture, and on Sunday for two half-day classes. Read on for details!

Jillian’s been spinning – and knitting, crocheting, weaving, and being generally crafty – for many years. She is the editor of Knittyspin and Ad Manager and Catalyst of Knitty Magazine. She’s a regular contributor to Ply Magazine, and currently sits on the editorial board. Jillian teaches spinning across the country – and now, right here in Philadelphia!


Yarnitecture Book Signing & Spinning Circle

FREE! – Friday, January 20 from 5-7:30pm

See the designs from Jillian’s latest book, Yarnitecture, in person. We’ll have copies here for sale, which Jillian will be happy to sign for you. Bring your wheel and join us for a little spinning time together!

Yarnitecture : Building Exactly the Yarn You Want

$185, includes fiber for class – Saturday, January 21 from 10am-5pm (includes a 1-hour lunch break)
Click here to register!

Is the yarn in your head the yarn in your hand? Do you always spin the same yarn? Do you have a dream yarn you just can’t make happen? Are you unhappy with what happens to the colors when you spin a variegated top or roving? Do you love your handspun yarn, but don’t like how it looks knitted?

In this class, we’ll focus on making yarn that inspires you from commercially dyed roving and top — yarn you’ll love to knit with. Together we’ll build your yarn from fiber braid up to a knitted swatch.

We’ll start by talking about the blueprint for a yarn, the yarn vision. We’ll break yarn down into all of its parts. We’ll build your yarn’s foundations by exploring fiber breeds and preparations. The walls – they’re the different drafting and plying methods we’ll work with. Finally, the roof goes on as we manipulate variegated top and roving to get the colors you’ve chosen just the way you want them.

All along the way you’ll get tips to keeping your yarn’s end use or yarn vision in mind and your yarn consistent. This class will give you confidence to build the yarns you want to knit with!

Twist and Ply: The Difference Ply and Twist Direction Make to Your Knitting

$90, includes fiber for class Sunday, January 22 from 10am-1pm
Click here to register!

Have you ever knit with your handspun and something just wasn’t right? Maybe your cables were floppy or your lace wasn’t open enough? The answer may lie in your chosen ply. The answer may also lie in the direction of twist and your style of knitting, or a combination of both.

In this class, we’ll spin and knit while exploring the effect ply and have on knitted fabric.

Together we’ll answer these questions:

• What makes cables pop?

• How to ply for open lace

• What about singles for knitting?

• What is chain plying good for?

• Why use more than 2 plies?

• Does the way I knit add more twist to my knitting or do I lose twist?

• How do I compensate for twist loss or gain in yarn?

We’ll also discuss the effects fiber breeds and blends, preparation, and woolen and worsted drafting can have on plying.

Cheaper by the Dozen: Twelve Ways to Spin Variegated Top

$90, includes fiber for class – Sunday, January 22 from 2-5pm
Click here to register!

How many ways are there to spin a variegated top?

You are only limited by how fast you can spin. This class will take you through at least a dozen ways to work with variegated top. In this fast paced class we’ll explore spinning variegated tops to combine and blend colors for stark contrast or beautiful subtlety.

You’ll spin yarns and knit samples that will show the effects of changing the color flow on variegated fibers. You’ll learn ways to keep your yarn colors exactly the same as your fiber braid. You’ll learn the whys and how-tos of combining multiple variegated tops.

In this class we’ll explore:

• Mixing colors with plying

• Blending colors through drafting at the wheel

• Mixing 2 or more braids

• The easiest way to choose multiple braids to mix for a hat or for a sweater.

• How yarn size, fiber prep and your drafting style affects variegated yarns.

This class will give you a better idea of how braid in hand looks after it’s spun and knit After you spin in this class you’ll never look at your stash the same way again.

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Take a Class with Shaina Bilow!

Shaina wearing her Starry Snood design.

Join us Saturday and Sunday, November 12 & 13 for four fabulous classes with Shaina Bilow!

Shaina Bilow has over 14 years of knitting experience, including 12 years of experience as a teacher, yarn shop owner, and designer. Her designs have been featured in Tahki/Stacy Charles Publications, Noro Magazine, Interweave Magazine, and Knitscene Magazine. Click here to see them all!

Shaina is a Craft Yarn Council Certified Knitting and Crochet Teacher and a professional knitwear finisher. Patient, encouraging, sweet, and fun, we’re very excited to welcome Shaina to Loop for the first time!


$60 – Saturday, November 12 from 10am-1pm


Learn how fun it is to work stranded colorwork in this workshop! Fair Isle is a color knitting technique in which you work two different colors on the same row or round to create repeated patterns in projects. Think Scandinavian sweaters! In this class, we will make a Fair Isle hat using either a snowflake, skull, heart, or checkered motif (shown above on left). While working Fair Isle in the round, you will learn to knit with your “other” hand and to read simple colorwork charts.

Materials: 2 or 3 colors of worsted weight yarn (about 120 yards of a main color and 50 yards of a contrast color that agree with your motif selection of either snowflake, skull, heart, or checkerboard), size US 7 16” circular knitting needles, size US 7 DPN, stitch markers, and a pen or pencil.

Prerequisites:: Ability to cast on, knit, purl, and work in the round on circular needles.

Homework: Using worsted weight yarn and size 7 16″ circular needles, cast on 90 stitches. Place a marker and join in the round being careful not to twist the stitches. Work in either (K1, P1) ribbing or (K3, P3) ribbing for about 1-1.5” (your desired band width) and bring this to class with the other materials.

Note: if you prefer to work the Baa-ble Hat by Donna Smith (shown above on right), please print the pattern, cast on as per pattern and work the ribbing and the increase round. We will start with chart row 1 at class together.

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$60 – Saturday, November 12 from 2-5pm


Brioche knitting is incredibly popular in the knitting world right now. Learn how to work this intriguing “ribbed” stitch during this workshop. Brioche stitch brings a unique cellular texture to knitted items and is perfect for cozy accessories and simple sweaters. We will practice two different techniques of working single-color brioche before beginning another sample in two colors. Pattern ideas to practice your new skills are provided at the end of the class.

Prerequisites: Ability to cast on, knit, and purl.

Materials: 2 contrasting colors of worsted weight yarn and size US 7 (4.5 mm) or 8 (5 mm) knitting needles – one 24″ circular needle. Note: circular needles are necessary for the two-color swatch.

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CHART-OGRAPHY: A knitter’s guide to reading charts

$60 – Sunday, November 13 from 10am-1pm


Learn the language of knitting charts and never shy away from charted knitting patterns again! Not your average chart reading class, we will be coloring, knitting up cables, and starting a lace shawl together.

Prerequisites: Cast on, knit, purl, familiarity with different knit and purl stitch patterns (seed, stockinette, ribbing, etc.), and some basic knowledge of cables and lace stitches is helpful.

1 ball of medium to light-colored, smooth worsted weight yarn, One pair of size US 7 or 8 needles, One pair of size US 9 knitting needles, Pen or pencil, Lock-ring stitch markers, Cable needle (or a size US 6 or 7 Double-pointed needle), Row counter (if desired), Ruler or post-it notes, Highlighter pens in a few colors.

During this class we will also be starting a shawl. You can practice starting the shawl with the worsted weight yarn you’ll bring to class and size US 9 needles.

If you prefer to start your “actual” shawl rather than practicing, you’ll need at least 250g of a smooth texture, solid or subtly multi-colored or striped yarn (no marled yarns or high-contrast multi-colors). Fingering weight is on a size 4 needle, sport weight is on a size 6 needle, DK weight is on a 7 needle, and worsted weight is on a size 9 needle. You can use whichever weight yarn you prefer or have in your stash.

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$60, plus $25 yarn & bead kit – Sunday, November 13 from 2-5pm


Make this stunning 1920’s-inspired necklace during this class. Learn how to knit with beads, work a special bead cast-on, make short-rows, and how to professionally finish your necklace. These make great gifts!

Prerequisites: Ability to knit and purl.

Materials: Size US 3 knitting needles (either 14″ straights or 24″ circulars), 4 small stitch markers, and a US C/3 crochet hook. Gatsby Beaded Necklace kit (available in-store) for $25 OR 16 yards of sport or DK weight yarn, 130 size #6/0 seed beads, one .75” – 1” button.

Homework: string all of the beads onto the yarn before class.

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Meet Arne & Carlos!

Norwegian knitting sensations Arne & Carlos will be here on Wednesday, September 21, 2016!

From 2-5pm, learn stranded knitting in the round in their Norwegian Wrist Warmer class (follow the link to sign up!).

Then join us from 5:30-7pm to meet and chat with Arne & Carlos! There’s no need to RSVP – just come on in!

Arne Nerjordet and Carlos Zachrison are designers and textile artists, best known for their craft books and their colorful designs. They are inspired by Scandinavia’s long design history and their life in rural Norway.

Arne & Carlos have published several best-selling books including 55 Christmas Balls to Knit by Arne & Carlos, Norwegian Knits with a Twist with Arne & Carlos, and Knitted Dolls by Arne & Carlos. We’ll have a selection of books available for purchase; Arne & Carlos are happy to sign them for you!

Please join us in welcoming Arne & Carlos to Loop!

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Take a Class with Kate Atherley!

We’re very excited to welcome Kate Atherley to Loop for the first time! Kate’s an author, designer, technical editor, and teacher who lives in Ontario, Canada. She’s the author of several books including Beyond Knit and Purl and Custom Socks: Knit to Fit Your Feet.

Kate is Knitty‘s Lead Technical Editor and does freelance technical editing. She’s an experienced teacher, offering classes in her local shops and across the US and Canada.

Kate’s teaching 5 classes that’ll get your fall knitting off on the right foot; just click on the name below to register!

Stranded Colorwork for Beginners
$60 – Saturday, September 10 from 9:30-11:30am

Short Row Skills
$60 – Saturday, September 10 from 12:30-2:30pm

Expert Tips & Best Methods
$60 – Saturday, September 10 from 3-5pm

Brioche Knitting
$90 – Sunday, September 11 from 9am-12pm

Designing Your Own Custom Fit Socks
$90 – Sunday, September 11 from 1-4pm

PLEASE NOTE: The fees for Kate’s classes are non-refundable unless the event is canceled. Please make sure that you are available on that date and time.